Suffragettes

The year 1918 was a turning point in the fight for women to have the right to vote in the UK. February 2018 will mark one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act was passed which gave some women over 30 the right to vote. The photographs below represent some significant figures in this fight - with a mixture of famous faces (Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurt) and some who are lesser-known. Featuring images by significant women photographers such as Lena Connell, Alice Barker, the sisters Rita Martin and Lallie Charles, Christina Broom and May Hammond.

Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
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Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

photographed by Martin Jacolette

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Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
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Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
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Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
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Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard

photographed by Elliott and Fry, c.1909

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Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe
Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe

photographed by Schmidt, Manchester

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Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

photographed by Gothard, Leeds

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Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard

photographed by Alice Barker

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Alison Neilans
Alison Neilans

photographed by the Merchant Portrait Company, London

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Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

photographed by F. Kehrahn & Co., Kent

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Marion Holmes
Marion Holmes

photographed by May Hammond

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Mrs Massy
Mrs Massy

photographed by Rita Martin

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Muriel Matters
Muriel Matters

photographed by Lena Connell

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Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

photographed by Schmidt, Manchester

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Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst

photographed by Lallie Charles

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